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EU court rules that data collection rules violate privacy rights

On Tuesday, a data communications collection requirement was struck down in the European Union and declared invalid, on the grounds that it infringed on basic privacy rights.
In the Media by Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti

Former Putin adviser warns his ex-boss has desires on Finland

Stockholm - A former adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned the West is failing to understand Putin’s world view and that the ambitions of Russia’s head of state extend far beyond Crimea.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 1 comment

Baltic states tackle defence spending after Crimea takeover

Vilnius - Wary of their powerful neighbour Russia, the Baltic states of Lithuania and Latvia plan to double defence spending while Estonia will maintain its strong level after watching Moscow take over Crimea.The three countries of 6.
In the Media by Vaidotas Beniusis (AFP)

West waxes laws and norms as Russia absorbs Crimea

Sevastopol - The U.S. and Europe are trying to contain Russian revanchism in Crimea by suspending G8 participation and warning of further costs while Putin's star soars again.
In the Media by Bradley Axmith - 1 comment

Baltic states jittery over 'unpredictable' Russia

Vilnius - Standing in the shadow of a massive, grey former KGB building in a busy Vilnius street, Lithuanian pensioner Rimantas Gucas worries history could repeat itself if the West fails to stop Russia from absorbing Ukraine's Crimean peninsula.As Lithuania mar...
In the Media by Vaidotas Beniusis (AFP)

Lithuania orders probe of CIA torture

Vilnius - A Lithuanian court has ordered an investigation of the torture of a Saudi Arabian terrorism suspect by Central Intelligence Agency operatives at a secret prison in the small Baltic nation.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins

Injured militant leaves Ukraine after Western pressure

Vilnius - A Ukrainian protester whose account of torture has shocked Europe arrived in Vilnius late Sunday, hours after a Kiev court ruled that he could leave the country for treatment.
In the Media by Vaidotas Beniusis (AFP)

Will Tymoshenko sink EU-Ukraine deal?

Kiev - Seven days until the opening of the Vilnius Eastern Partnership Summit and European leaders are still mired in an impasse over the fate of Ukraine.
In the Media by Rob Edens

Eastern Europe leading tourism growth in the EU

Bratislava - Europe remains one of the favourite destinations for tourists the world over, but the centre of gravity is beginning to shift further east.
In the Media by Matthew Turner

Lithuanians overturn conviction of Real IRA suspect

In 2011, Michael Campbell was sentenced to 12 years by a Lithuanian court for allegedly attempting to purchase weapons for the Real Irish Republican Army. His conviction was overturned by a Lithuanian appeals court.
In the Media by Justin King

Snowden disclosures: EU votes for in-depth inquiry on NSA spying

Strasbourg - The European Parliament adopted a resolution, Thursday July 4, giving the go-ahead for the Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee to conduct an in-depth inquiry into the US surveillance programs.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 3 comments

Lithuania’s Andrius Pojavis gains fans at Eurovision 2013

Andrius Pojavis, the artist representing Lithuania in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest (ESC), is gaining fans, despite having his performance described as “karaoke”.
In the Media by Mathew Wace Peck

Germany arrests 'Auschwitz guard' on murder charges

Stuttgart - German authorites arrested a 93-year-old man Monday who was alleged to have been a guard at Auschwitz on charges of complicity in the mass murder of prisoners
In the Media by Layne Weiss - 2 comments

Op-Ed: America could learn from rappers' tribute to Radio Free Europe

Truckee - Led by Peja of the Polish rap group Slums Attack, Europe's rappers recorded a multilingual tribute to political and cultural freedom message of the American-funded station Radio Free Europe.
In the Media by Ted Lipien - 1 comment

Europe introduces complete ban on sale of animal tested cosmetics

On Monday, a full ban on the testing of cosmetic products on animals came into force in the European Union. The complete ban was welcomed by animal rights groups but some in the cosmetics industry remain unconvinced.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 4 comments

Food: EU to relax rules on animal protein in animal feed

Lost amongst the Europe-wide furore concerning the discovery of horsemeat in processed foods, on February 14 the European Union quietly announced a partial lifting of the ban on animal proteins in feedstuffs.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 3 comments

Kenya mentioned as complicit in CIA torture of terror suspects

Nairobi - Kenya is among 54 nations mentioned to have taken part in CIA operations that involved torture of suspected terrorists in the years subsequent to the 9/11 bombings on the US, Open Society Justice Initiative, a New York-based human rights group, has said.
In the Media by Robin Okuthe - 1 comment

2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Perfect Spinnaker Start

Sydney - A flying start before the wind as the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race provides Boxing Day entertainment for the sixty eighth consecutive year.
In the Media by Val Williamson - 2 comments

Lithuanian president rejects suggested coalition government

Kaunas - Although the Social Democrats won the most seats in the election, they chose the Labor Party as one coalition partner to form a majority government. The Lithuanian president rejected the choice since there are several charges against some Labor members.
In the Media by Ken Hanly

Steer clear of GM crops, Greenpeace and US farmers warn EU

Global environmental campaigning group Greenpeace is urging the European Union not to authorise herbicide-tolerant genetically engineered (HTGE) crops, stating such crops lead to herbicide-resistant super-weeds.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 1 comment
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